Wednesday, August 22, 2012

5 Week Self Challenge

We leave for vacation in 5 weeks. We are very excited! But I don't really want to be hanging on to all these excess baby pounds.

I am going to be realistic, tho. Nursing has never helped me drop the pounds like it does for some people. In fact, I'm one of those "lucky" few who's body hangs on to extra pounds for the purpose of nursing.


Giving my baby what is best is much more important to me than being thin. BUT, that doesn't mean I'm not gonna try for thin anyway!

Keeping reality in mind, I'm going to give myself 2-3 challenges each week for the next five weeks. These are things that I want to make a part of my life, so they will continue through the rest of my life. Each week will just be in addition to the previous weeks.

Some of these will probably seem silly and simple but I need to start here. Also, I won't be cleared to do any real workouts til just before leaving for vacation so the exercise challenges are going to be light until after vacation when I work toward my next milestone goal!

First milestone = Pre-Kemp weight by vacation.

Week 1 - August 25-September 1
  • 8 cups of water each day
  • Take vitamins twice a day
  • Daily easy walk
Memory Verse: "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way." Psalm 139:23-24

Week 2 - September 1-8
  • 9 cups water each day
  • One dessert a week
  • Meals fit on small plate (no seconds)
Memory Verse: "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matt. 11:28-30

Week 3 - September 8-15
  • Light arm work
  • One soda a week
  • No food after 9pm
Memory Verse: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped: Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him." Psalm 28:7

Week 4 - September 15-22
  • 3 fruits a day
  • 1/2-1 hour focused daily walk
Memory Verse: "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Week 5 - September 22-29
  • 3 veggies a day
  • 10 cups water
  • No processed food (just for this week. This will be a gradual process!)
Memory Verse: "Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

Vacation - September 29-October 6

Second milestone = Pre-Jack weight by Thanksgiving (+ Thanksgiving 5k/10k)

Third milestone = Pre-Marie weight by Kempton's first birthday (+ half marathon/s in June/September)

Prayers would be appreciated :)


  1. This is great Linds! Oh reading this makes me feel like I can't wait till I can work on going back to pre-pregnancy!

  2. Hey Lindsay, I totally need to do the same...and I'm 1 year 2 months in since Sebby was born.... :| Anywho, I've been working on it, but not as much or as hard or as diligent/disciplined as I should. Here are a couple of things that might help you incorporate...I love the verse idea!!! MyFitness app which you can find and use on smartphones. My friend, introduced it to's pretty cool. The other is if you have a Netflix subscription, I suggest watching Forks Over Knives...a different approach on eating and food.

  3. Oh, sorry, forgot to mention, it's a free app and it's Netflex's instant queue.

  4. This is a great goal, not to tough. As for the no processed foods, That's what I've been doing since June 1 and I lost 22 lbs. I don't know if you mean no bread too but it does really work.

    1. I will still be eating bread but only the homemade bread that my mom makes which is made with ground wheat, coconut oil, and honey. My biggest struggle as far as processed food is tortilla chips, cereal, and of course mountain dew! I've been eating Cascadian Farm organic granola cereal. That's still considered processed, tho, right?

    2. Lindsay- I usually do not read blogs, but for some reason I like reading yours (I will admit I don't read them all, just occasionally). But I always enjoy it when I read it and find that I actually read it!!! I still think of you every time on MILE 4:) Great goals, realistic! I will give you some of my homemade granola during your non processed food week too:) I find having short term goals is fun. Just did a ab challenge with a friend, and found that to be fun and motivating and just overall felt great! LOVE that you are applying scripture as your support as well. Good Luck- you will do amazing!


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